Choose Your City
Change City

NYU student rescued after being trapped between buildings for 36 hours

BYMMp8NCYAAvehp.jpg_large This is the space at 80 Lafayette St. where Vongtau was trapped for more than a day. Credit: Twitter/FDNY

A 19-year-old NYU student who had been missing since Saturday was rescued from a tiny space between two buildings where he had been trapped for 36 hours.

Firefighters rescued Asher Vongtau from the bottom of a 2-foot-wide shaft at 80 Lafayette St. between a dorm building and another structure Sunday evening.

Vongtau had fallen from the roof of the 18-story building and into the narrow space, officials said. It is not clear how he fell.


The teen's roommate told The New York Post that he last saw Vongtau on Saturday morning and became concerned when he didn't hear from him all day.

He and some friends reported him missing to campus security Saturday night.

Campus security found the student's cell phone on the roof and then called the police department. Vongtau was rescued after a police officer heard him moaning from between the buildings.

He was in serious but stable condition at Bellevue Hospital on Sunday night.

The rescue took about an hour and a half. Firefighters had to breach a wall in order to reach the student.

BYMMQcSCAAE5YXS.jpg_large Firefighters broke through this wall in order to reach Vongtau. Credit: Twitter/FDNY

You Might Also Like